Luke 15:8–10 (ESV)
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or what
woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and
neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The unrepentant sinner is like a coin lost in the darkness. Once lost, we have no more ability to find the Lord than the coin has to find its owner.
Yet, the good news of Christ gives “light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death” (1:79).
I pray: Thank
You, merciful Lord, for seeking us when we had no power to seek You. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1747.